WBEZ | Bloomberg http://www.wbez.org/tags/bloomberg Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Palm oil's unsavory beginnings http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-07/morning-shift-palm-oils-unsavory-beginnings-108314 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Palm Oil-Flickr- cyn_nister.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We discuss the Bloomberg investigation into the unsavory practices in the palm oil industry. And do you care who your children&#39;s role models are? Baseball&#39;s recent PED scandal is calling the issue of role models to the plate.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-37.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-37" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Palm oil's unsavory beginnings" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 08:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-07/morning-shift-palm-oils-unsavory-beginnings-108314 Chicago has a 'Project Batman' and it's hiring http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/chicago-has-project-batman-and-its-hiring-105799 <p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wMpHZs0F7k&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;t=5m5s" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Screen%20shot%202013-02-27%20at%201.24.24%20PM.png" style="float: right; height: 182px; width: 300px;" title="City of Chicago Director of Analytics Tom Schenk Jr." /></a></p><p><strong>YEAH, CHICAGO HAS A &#39;PROJECT BATMAN.&#39;</strong>&nbsp;Chicago&#39;s analytics director, <strong>Tom Schenk Jr. </strong>&mdash; who kinda looks like Bruce Wayne, doesn&#39;t he? &mdash; tells a gathering of journalists, programmers and government leaders&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wMpHZs0F7k&amp;feature=youtu.be&amp;t=5m5s" target="_blank">the city&#39;s working with the University of Illinois at Chicago to visualize crime data</a>&nbsp;in a 3-D&nbsp;<a href="http://techland.time.com/2013/02/25/cave2-not-a-star-trek-holodeck-yet-but-getting-closer/" target="_blank">virtual reality &quot;cave.&quot;</a><br />* P.S.&nbsp;<a href="https://chicago.taleo.net/careersection/100/joblist.ftl" target="_blank">They&#39;re hiring</a>. (The &quot;Project Manager - DoIT&quot; job.)</p><p><strong>&#39;THE NRA WANTS TO KEEP GUN RECORDS SECRET FROM EVERYONE EXCEPT THE NRA.&#39; </strong>You know&nbsp;those public gun ownership records that have brought shame and <a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2013/02/26/editor-who-made-request-resigns/" target="_blank">death threats</a>&nbsp;to journalists who&#39;ve dared even just to express interest in them? The records the National Rifle Association contends shouldn&#39;t be public because they put gun owners &quot;at risk to criminals who may target their home to steal firearms&quot;? Funny thing: Gun-rights groups, including the NRA, have for years been <a href="http://gawker.com/5987293/the-nra-wants-to-keep-gun-records-secret-from-everyone-except-the-nra">diving into those records for fundraising and recruiting efforts</a>, according to&nbsp;<em>Gawker</em>.<br />* For NYC&#39;s Bloomberg, election that nominated Robin Kelly for Congress was mainly about testing&nbsp;<a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/cjlotz/bloombergs-pac-reveals-strategy-for-making-a-chicago-area-ra" target="_blank">political strategy to defang the NRA</a>.<br />* ... And for Republicans in that race? Guy who did almost <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-2nd-district-republican-nominee-20130228,0,3550456.story" target="_blank">20 years for burglaries, armed robberies and aggravated battery</a>.<br />* <em>Chicago Magazine</em>&#39;s Carol Felsenthal: &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Felsenthal-Files/February-2013/Billionaire-Mayor-Bloomberg-Buys-Illinois-2nd-District-Congressional-Seat/" target="_blank">Bloomberg could be a key funder of a Rahm run for the presidency</a>.&quot;<br />* &quot;Gun rights&quot; Democrats may <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/02/27/liberals-to-dems-no-more-cozying-up-to-the-nra/" target="_blank">pay a price for coziness with NRA</a>.<br />* Downstate Republican Illinois representative compares gun control to emasculation: &quot;<a href="http://www.rrstar.com/blogs/kevinhaas/x711925952/Rep-Jim-Sacia-compares-gun-control-to-castration" target="_blank">You folks in Chicago want me to get castrated because your families are having too many kids</a>.&quot;</p><hr /><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:20px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><span style="color:#a52a2a;"><em>Friday: The next WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz.&nbsp;</em></span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank"><span style="color:#a52a2a;">Take last week&#39;s now</span></a><span style="color:#a52a2a;">.</span></span></span></p><hr /><p><strong>SHOULD NPR SWEAR OFF GOVERNMENT CASH? </strong>National Public Radio&#39;s former CEO says <a href="http://www.newsmax.com/US/Ken-Stern-NPR-funding/2013/02/27/id/492286" target="_blank">walking away from federal cash</a> would lay to rest questions about the organization&#39;s credibility. He says public radio &quot;would do better&quot; without public financing.<br />* <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/02/27/173056290/5-4-3-2-1-we-have-sequestration" target="_blank">Countdown to sequestration</a> just latest of many.</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/27/4038280/star-trek-tng-in-theatres-best-of-both-worlds-april-25" target="_blank"><img alt="&quot;Star Trek&quot;: &quot;The Best of Both Worlds&quot;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DqQygKOCVUs/TlkNyU0uBCI/AAAAAAAAADQ/DRYhmMEP8Uw/s1600/The+Best+of+Both+Worlds.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 229px; float: right;" /></a>RESISTANCE IS FUTILE.&nbsp;</strong>What some fans consider the best two &quot;Star Trek&quot; episodes ever -- &quot;The Best of Both Worlds&quot; (a.ka. <strong>Capt. Picard goes Borg</strong>) -- <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/27/4038280/star-trek-tng-in-theatres-best-of-both-worlds-april-25" target="_blank">will be shown, newly remastered for Blu-ray, as a single movie on the big screen</a>, one night only, April 25.<br />* <a href="http://www.fathomevents.com/?utm_source=Star_Trek_TNG3_Press_Release&amp;utm_medium=PR&amp;utm_campaign=Star_Trek_TNG3_Fathom_Event_Page#!star-trek-best-of-both-worlds/more-info/theaters" target="_blank">22 Illinois theaters</a> on list of those screening the episodes.</p><p><b>UNRELATED DEVELOPMENTS.</b><br />* The departing <a href="http://www.newser.com/story/163589/popes-living-arrangements-are-a-little-er-weird.html" target="_blank">Pope Benedict&#39;s future living arrangements</a> are&nbsp;raising eyebrows&nbsp;around the world.<br />* Nonprofit foundation seeking couple for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/02/201322723556589753.html" target="_blank">501-day roundtrip mission to Mars</a>.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/chicago-has-project-batman-and-its-hiring-105799 Koch Industries issues statement in response to Worldview interview with Bloomberg journalists http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-20/koch-industries-issues-statement-response-worldview-interview-bloomberg- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-20/koch.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last week, on October 12, we spoke with journalists David Evans and Asjylyn Loder about their article <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-02/koch-brothers-flout-law-getting-richer-with-secret-iran-sales.html" target="_blank">“The Secret Sins of Koch Industries.”</a> It appears in the November issue of <em>Bloomberg Markets Magazine</em>.</p><p>You can listen to the original interview here:</p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/Original%20interview%20with%20Bloomberg%20reporters.mp3">Original interview with Bloomberg reporters.mp3</span></p><p>The owners of Koch Industries, billionaires Charles and David Koch, are well-known for their conservative and libertarian political causes. The Bloomberg investigation detailed how foreign subsidiaries of Koch Industries sold millions of dollars in petrochemical equipment to Iran by using loopholes in a U.S. trade ban. The article also detailed Koch Industries’ use of improper payments to win business in Africa, India and the Middle East.&nbsp;</p><p>The article received much national and international attention. After our interview aired last Wednesday, officials at Koch Industries contacted us to challenge assertions made by <em>Bloomberg’s</em> Evans and Loder.</p><p><strong>Philip Ellender is COO and President for Government and Public Affairs at Koch Companies. The following is his official statement to WBEZ:</strong></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">Bloomberg Markets<em> magazine published an article about Koch Industries this month that was dishonest.&nbsp; Sources in the story said things that weren’t true or contradicted prior statements.&nbsp; The piece was factually inaccurate and </em>Bloomberg<em> omitted almost all the material that we at Koch provided them.</em></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>As other media outlets began to examine </em>Bloomberg’s<em> story, it was quickly discredited.&nbsp; It has now been debunked by many, including the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/koch-responds-to-bloomberg/2011/03/29/gIQA3KzNIL_blog.html">Washington Post</a>, the <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/10/bloombergs-expos-on-koch-industries-reveals-what-exactly/246154/">Atlantic</a>, <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/278968/ibloombergi-hit-piece-koch-brothers-daniel-foster">National Review</a>, Washington <a href="http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/bloomberg-rips-bloomberg-koch-hit-piece">Examiner</a> and <a href="http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/hypocrisy-democrats-latest-koch-attack_594751.html">Weekly Standard</a>. </em></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>Even the reporters’ own colleagues at </em>Bloomberg BusinessWeek<em> felt compelled to set the record straight – whether sales of refinery equipment to Iran by one of Koch’s foreign subsidiaries were legal. At the time of the sales referred to in the article, Koch had protocols in place that were consistent with U.S. law.&nbsp; In fact, many years ago Koch adopted a policy prohibiting sales into Iran through its foreign subsidiaries, which is stricter than existing U.S. law.&nbsp; That policy remains in effect. In their interview with WBEZ, the reporters who wrote the article backed away from their claims that Koch’s sales were “illicit” and “flouted” the law. They also admitted they had no evidence Koch had violated the law.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>Koch addressed every issue </em>Bloomberg<em> presented to us. </em>Bloomberg<em> ignored the evidence, but the truth is found at <a href="http://www.kochfacts.com/kf/">KochFacts.com</a>.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>If falsehoods weren’t enough, the </em>Bloomberg<em> reporters also portrayed Koch as “secretive.” Koch is a private company, like </em>Bloomberg<em>.&nbsp; Would the reporters portray the owner of their private media empire as “secretive”?&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>When host Jerome McDonnell asked the reporters why they thought the piece deserved attention, they were finally candid. It was Koch’s political views, reporter Asyjlyn Loder explained, “which has made reporting on them kind of popular, I guess.”&nbsp; So the truth comes out and the reporters admit this is about personal politics.</em></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/koch-responds-to-bloomberg/2011/03/29/gIQA3KzNIL_blog.html">As Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post said</a>, ““Plainly, some members of the media and the Koch brothers’ political opponents are gunning for them [with] reporting … so selective and obviously driven with a conclusion already in mind.”</em></p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>Read Koch’s rebuttal and independent critiques of </em>Bloomberg’s<em> deceptive journalism at <a href="http://www.kochfacts.com/kf/">KochFacts.com</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>We asked <em>Bloomberg</em> for comment, and they said they stand by their reporting. For further analysis, <em>Bloomberg BusinessWeek</em> recently published <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-10-04/lax-law-gives-u-s-subsidiaries-an-opening-to-sell-to-iran-view.html" target="_blank">a piece</a> asserting that although Koch Industries did not break the law in its dealings with Iran, the company relied on a loophole in the Iran Sanctions Act to conduct business in the country.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 16:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-20/koch-industries-issues-statement-response-worldview-interview-bloomberg-